A $2.2 billion team of more than a dozen advisers and staff has departed from Morgan Stanley in favor of independence, citing the desire for a more varied menu of products and services to offer its clients as a chief reason for leaving the wirehouse.

The Wichita, Kansas-based team is now operating under the name 6 Meridian (a reference to a departure point for 19th century surveyors exploring the western regions of the country). Team members include founding partners Tom Kirk, Margaret Dechant, Andrew Mies, Bryan Green, Steve Bahm, Pam Smith and Sarah Hampton.

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